Andrew Rawnsley


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For years we mocked our neighbours’ ‘unstable’ governments. Now, with Brexit upon us, the joke is on this country. A cartoon in a Dutch newspaper depicts Mrs May whacking herself over the head with a mallet. Another Dutch publication has the prime minister entering the Brexit negotiations with her severed head cradled under her arm. It is not just the Netherlands that is having a good giggle. Britain’s prime minister – and, by extension, Britain itself – is an object of torrential mockery across Europe. Here is payback for all those years when snooty Albion turned up a haughty nose at the continentals with their “funny” proportional electoral systems that produced “unstable” governments. Though European leaders are too polite to put it so bluntly, they think that this country, once thought to be a nation of level-headed pragmatists, has taken leave of its senses. First, Britons narrowly vote to quit the world’s largest and richest free trade area. Then, at an election less than 12 months later, Britons split their support between the parties in such a way that there is no consensus in parliament about the terms on which Britain should leave. There is not even agreement about how to proceed on Brexit within the riven ruling party. Ridicule abroad is matched by ridicule at home. This side of the channel, Mrs May is now routinely referred to and depicted as the “zombie prime minister”, a phrase I used to describe her immediately after the
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Jun 24 2017 Brexit
Andrew Rawnsley has most recently been quoted in an article called Grenfell Tower’s residents were failed long before fire broke out. Andrew Rawnsley said, “Theresa May’s inadequate response pales against the state’s culpability for this national tragedy. Damned if she does. Damned if she doesn’t. There is a point in the decline of a leader when they can get nothing right. “Stay Away Theresa May.” So reads one of the messages on the tribute wall memorialising the victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno. She did stay away from the grieving, the dispossessed and the angry in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.”. Andrew Rawnsley has been quoted a grand total of 12 times in 10 articles.
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